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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this final exercise I am going to demonstrate how to best take advantage of this Numerical Zoom option that's located in the lower left corner of the image window. Now, might at first seem pretty straightforward. You double-click by the way on the value to select it, and then you enter some very specific value if you want to like 34.98% and then you press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that value. So how hard is it? Well here is the problem, why would you ever want to do that? Where do you most need precise control over the Zoom level and the answer in my experience is when you're looking at the image in Full Screen mode.
There you are wanting to show it off to a client or a friend or somebody like that, and you want that image to look exactly right without any interface stuff around it. But as soon as you switch to the Full Screen mode, I'll press Shift+F to back up to it. There is no Zoom option in the lower left corner of the Image window, because the Image window doesn't exist. You can press the Tab key to bring back as much interfaces there is going to be. It's not going to include that option by the way. It will include the Zoom value up here inside the Applications Bar and you can click on it just once in order to make it active, and then enter some value.
The problem with this value is check it out if I press the Down arrow key, it goes all the way down to 25%, whereas the other value is much more accurate. So we really want that other value to work with, so how do we get it? Well, I'll show you. Press the Escape key there for a moment, so that we go back to the Standard View and I'll press the Enter key to accept that Zoom value. Then I'll go unto the Window menu and choose the Navigator panel. The Navigator panel has that exact same Zoom option that we find down in the lower left corner of the Image window and it behaves the same way too.
Notice if I press the Up Arrow key, I can change the Zoom level to 26%, and then 27%, and then 28%. So I have that incremental control here. I can test the value too. This is very important. You can test the value, by pressing Shift+Enter or Shift+Return on the Mac, and the value remains highlighted. So that's not quite right. You press the Up Arrow key again, and then press Shift+Enter again to test that out. And by the way that's exactly how this value works down in the lower left corner of the Image window.
That is not how this value works. It's not nearly the same subtle control. So what we need to do is figure out a way to get the Navigator panel on screen without any of the other junk, because we can't even bring up the menu Bar because if we bring up the menu Bar, everything else comes on screen too. And then if we try to hide everything, the Navigator panel will go away too. So what do we do? Well we assign a keyboard shortcut to the Navigator panel. Now, I didn't give you one with dekeKeys because I wanted you to create one for yourself if you think this is valuable.
A lot of people don't like the Navigator panel but for this specific purpose I think it's great. So here's how you make a keyboard shortcut. Go to the Edit menu, choose the keyboard shortcuts command, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac, brings up obviously the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box. There is a variety of different items to which you can assign keyboard shortcuts. You don't have a ton of flexibility, but you have a fair amount of controls. You can assign keyboard shortcuts to menu commands which would be the Application menus.
You can apply keyboard shortcuts to the panel menus. Those are these guys that come out when you click on little menu icons. Then you can assign keyboard shortcuts to tools. I am going to go to Application menus. I would advise you do the same thing if you're working along with me. If the item appears highlighted here on the PC, click off of it like so, so that you can use your Scroll Wheel to scroll down. Then Twirl Open Window. That's how you get of course to the various panels and scroll down quite a bit until you come to the panel names and eventually you'll come to Navigator.
Click where the shortcut should be and I recommend F11. Now, if that works, Photoshop will gripe at you and tell you that F11 can be assigned to actions which we'll discuss much later, and that would override this command. Well, just don't assign F11 to an action. That would be my advice. So click Accept in order to accept that new keyboard shortcut, and then I would click that little Save As button right there, that little floppy with a green arrow, and I would name this guy just because it matches workspace One-on-One and that's it, and then click Save.
You now have a one-on-one workspace that includes the Navigator panel. You're good to go. Click OK. Now then, let's go ahead and press Shift+F to switch to the Full Screen mode, and press the F11 key to bring up the Navigator panel. And now we can test the Zoom level that's going to work best for us. So I am going to press the Up Arrow key a few times in a row. Let's go to 38%, try that out. It's going to be different for your screen, because your screen is larger, bear that in mind. And I am going to press Shift+Enter to try out that value and that's not big enough.
See, if you let Photoshop fit the image in the window, this is kind of thing it does. It's loath to crop any of the image, so it leaves some pasteboard now showing up as black around the edge. But let's say you want to crop the image. You would rather take full advantage of your screen, so we need to zoom-in farther. So I am going to press the Up Arrow key a couple of times, press Shift+Enter or Shift+Return in order to try out that value not enough still, press the Up Arrow key, try Shift+Enter, Shift+Return to test out the value, press the Up Arrow key.
You get the idea. I am going to actually press it twice to get to 43%. Press Shift+Enter or Shift+ Return in order to test out the value. That worked out beautifully. So now I can press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac so that this value is no longer active at all. And then, I press F11 to make the panel go away, and then I go ahead and move my cursor to a spot that is unlikely to be noticed. I now have the perfectly zoomed image. Thanks to that Numerical Zoom feature inside the Navigator panel of all places here inside Photoshop.
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